Rathfinny Brut Rose 2016
Rathfinny is a staunch promoter of all things English, particularly when it comes to wine, being at the forefront of the expansion of hectares under vine. The Brut Rose has been a staple vintage since Rathfinny’s first release in 2018. From the inception of the vineyard in 2010 with a relatively small area under vine, planting in 2019 of an extra 90,000 vines brought the total area to 91 hectares. Rathfinny’s 2019 planting can easily be considered as modest in the general scheme of English wine after total national plantings were 3 million, making the UK one of the fastest-growing (literally) global wine regions.
Largely Rathfinny’s hectares of vines are comprised of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier (the traditional blend for Champagne), it is this precise blend that makes up the Brut Rose. No longer seen as an afterthought style, sparkling rose is very much a focus at Rathfinny. The investment and vision for the planting of 74 hectares in 2019 is testament enough to its greatness. This stunning Brut can worthily class itself amongst the best houses Champagne has to offer.
Dry, fresh, soft and elegant. Lots of juicy redcurrants, cranberry and stewed strawberry intertwined with blackcurrants, blackberry, and plum on the finish. All the while, a firm minerally backbone keeps the wine poised and fresh. This is a complex and serious sparkling rose which demands attention. One not to be missed.